Can PTSD Lead to Impulsive Behaviors?

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ptsd symptom guide

You may experience impulsivity or a heightened sense of reactivity such as:
• Irritability
• Unexpected angry outbursts
• Self-destructive behavior
(substance use, self-harm,
risk taking)

Impulsive and reactive behaviors cover a range of present-day reactions to trauma reminders.

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What is it like to experience impulsivity?

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I often feel like I have an internal pressure pot simmering within me. Despite my desperate attempts to keep it under control, circumstances are often stacked up against me and eventually it blows.

Emma Laver,
Mighty contributor
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Impulsivity, irritability or angry reactions are potential signs of PTSD, as well as bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and substance use disorders.

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if you struggle with impulsive behaviors, You're not alone.

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